Obama Taps Business Exec to Oversee Troubled VA

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
President Barack Obama will nominate former Procter & Gamble executive Robert McDonald to lead a Veterans Affairs department gripped by reports of treatment delays and cover-ups.

Procter & Gamble chief executive Robert A. McDonald speaks at the companies annual shareholders meeting, Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2011, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama will nominate former Procter & Gamble executive Robert McDonald to lead a Veterans Affairs department gripped by reports of treatment delays and cover-ups.

An administration official says Obama plans to nominate McDonald on Monday. If confirmed by the Senate, the 61-year-old McDonald would succeed Eric Shinseki, who resigned last month as the scope of the issues at veterans' hospitals became apparent.

McDonald's nomination signals that Obama put a premium on management experience as he sought a new VA secretary. McDonald also has a military background, graduating near the top of his class at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and serving as a captain in the Army.

The administration official insisted on anonymity in order to confirm McDonald's appointment before the president's announcement.

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